• Mon 21 Jul 2014

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 1: Les Arts Florissants
      • RameauJean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764
      • Pièces de clavecin en concerts (53 mins)
      • Les Arts Florrisants
      • Paolo Zanzu harpsichord/director

      French Baroque giant Les Arts Florissants launches this season’s Proms Chamber Music concerts at Cadogan Hall with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago. His Pièces de clavecin en concerts sees the composer at his most dramatically vivid and virtuosic, showcasing this ensemble in the first of its two concerts this season.

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  • Mon 28 Jul

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 2: C. P. E. Bach
      • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1714–1788
      • Trio Sonata in A major (13 mins)
        • Rachel Podger violin
        • Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
        • Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
        • Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
      • Violin Sonata in C minor (17 mins)
        • Rachel Podger violin
      • Keyboard Sonata in E minor ('Kenner und Liebhaber' Collection No. 5), Wq 59/1 (8 mins)
        • Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, Proms debut artist
      • Trio Sonata in C minor, 'Sanguineus and Melancholicus' (14 mins)
        • Rachel Podger violin
        • Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
        • Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
        • Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
      • Rachel Podger violin
      • Katy Bircher flute, Proms debut artist
      • Bojan Cičić violin, Proms debut artist
      • Tomasz Pokrzywiński cello, Proms debut artist
      • Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano, Proms debut artist

      Baroque violinist Rachel Podger is joined by hand-picked musical friends to explore the contrasts and contradictions of C. P. E.  Bach, who celebrates his 300th anniversary this year. The composer’s Sonata in C minor in particular offers an extraordinary musical portrait of the most musically rebellious of the younger Bachs.

  • Sat 2 Aug

    • 15:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Saturday Matinee 1: Armonia Atenea – Greek Myths
      • HandelGeorge Frideric Handel 1685–1759
      • Alessandro, HWV 21
        – overture (6 mins)
        • Myrsini Margariti soprano, Proms debut artist
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Johann Adolf Hasse
      • Artemisia
        – overture (5 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • PaisielloGiovanni Paisiello 1740–1816
      • Olimpiade
        – 'E mi lasci così?' ... 'Ne' giorni tuoi felici' (5 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • LullyJean-Baptiste Lully 1632–1687
      • Phaeton
        – suite (10 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • VivaldiAntonio Vivaldi 1678–1741
      • Giustino, RV 717
        – 'Vedrò con mio diletto' (9 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • GluckChristoph Willibald Gluck 1714–1787
      • Orfeo ed Euridice
        – Dance of the Blessed Spirits; Dance of the Furies (10 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Iphigénie en Aulide
        – 'Ma fille, Jupiter' (4 mins)
        • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • PaisielloGiovanni Paisiello 1740–1816
      • Olimpiade
        – 'Scogli, oh Dio! le sue catene' (7 mins)
      • Myrsini Margariti soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Irini Karaianni mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist
      • Armonia Atenea
      • George Petrou Conductor
      • Armonia Atenea
      • George Petrou Conductor

      The first Greek orchestra ever to appear at the Proms, Armonia Atenea, and Artistic Director George Petrou, presents a programme with an appropriately classical flavour. Greek myths form the thread through a Baroque labyrinth of arias and overtures from French, German and Italian operas, including Gluck’s Orphée, Handel’s Arianna in Creta and Lully’s Phaeton.

  • Mon 4 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 3: R. Strauss & Mozart
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Serenade in C minor, K388 (25 mins)
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments (23 mins)
      • London Winds
      • Michael Collins Conductor

      Richard Strauss was just 20 when he composed his Suite for 13 wind instruments – and steeped in the musical tastes of his horn-player father, who revered Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart above all. Clarinettist Michael Collins and his ensemble London Winds pair Strauss’s youthful work with Mozart’s Serenade in C minor.

  • Sat 9 Aug

    • 15:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Saturday Matinee 2: Sibelius, Honegger, C. P. E Bach, Sir Harrison Birtwistle & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
      • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1714–1788
      • Symphony in B minor, 'Hamburg' (8 mins)
      • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
      • Endless Parade (18 mins)
        • Håkan Hardenberger trumpet
      • Honegger 1892–1955
      • Pastorale d'été (8 mins)
      • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934
      • Sinfonia (20 mins)
      • SibeliusJean Sibelius 1865–1957
      • Rakastava (15 mins)
      • Håkan Hardenberger trumpet
      • Lapland Chamber Orchestra Proms debut artist
      • John Storgårds Conductor
      • Lapland Chamber Orchestra Proms debut artist
      • John Storgårds Conductor

      The Lapland Chamber Orchestra celebrates the 80th birthdays of two major British composers. Trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger leads the way through the maze-like landscapes of Birtwistle’s trumpet concerto Endless Parade, while Davies is represented by his 1989 Sinfonia. Celebrations of C. P. E. Bach’s 300th anniversary continue with the brooding textures of his Symphony in B minor, while all is languorous sunshine in Honegger’s Pastoral d’été.

  • Mon 11 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 4: Prokofiev & Schubert
      • ProkofievSergey Prokofiev 1891–1953
      • Five Melodies (13 mins)
        • Itamar Golan piano
      • Sonata in C major for two violins (15 mins)
        • Sakari Oramo violin
      • SchubertFranz Schubert 1797–1828
      • Fantasie in C major, D934 (25 mins)
        • Itamar Golan piano
      • Itamar Golan piano
      • Sakari Oramo violin
      • Janine Jansen violin
      • Janine Jansen violin

      Before her solo appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen joins with pianist Itamar Golan and with conductor Sakari Oramo (making his Proms debut as a violinist). Two lyrical works by Prokofiev are paired with Schubert’s sublime Fantasie from almost a century earlier.

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  • Mon 18 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 5: R. Strauss & Debussy
      • DebussyClaude Debussy 1862–1918
      • Proses lyriques (25 mins)
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Ach Lieb ich muss nun schneiden op. 21 No. 3 (2 mins)
      • Traum durch die Dämmerung op. 29 No. 1 (3 mins)
      • Das Rosenband op. 36 No. 1 (4 mins)
      • Geduld op. 10 No. 5 (8 mins)
      • Waldseligkeit op. 39 No. 1 (4 mins)
      • Wer lieben will, muss leiden op. 49 No. 7 (3 mins)
      • Ach was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen op. 49 no. 8 (3 mins)
      • Anne Schwanewilms soprano
      • Malcolm Martineau piano

      Repertoire to include songs by R. Strauss and Debussy.

  • Mon 25 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 6: Schubert, Mahler & R. Strauss
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Piano Sonata in D major, K311 (15 mins)
        • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
      • Piano Quartet in A minor (11 mins)
        • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
        • Royal String Quartet
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Metamorphosen (version for septet) (arr. R. Leopold) (26 mins)
        • Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka viola, Proms debut artist
        • Marcin Zdunik cello, Proms debut artist
        • Tomasz Januchta double bass, Proms debut artist
        • Royal String Quartet
      • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • Royal String Quartet
      • Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka viola, Proms debut artist
      • Marcin Zdunik cello, Proms debut artist
      • Tomasz Januchta double bass, Proms debut artist

      Pianist Louis Schwizgebel and the dynamic Royal String Quartet are the key players in a concert that culminates in Richard Strauss's richly nostalgic Metamorphosen, heard in an intimate arrangement for string septet. Alongside it are Mahler's contemplative Piano Quartet movement and Mozart's elegantly poised Piano Sonata in D major, K311.

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  • Sat 30 Aug

    • 15:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Saturday Matinee 3: A Portrait of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
      • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies b.1934
      • Linguae ignis (12 mins)
        • Tim Gill cello, Proms debut artist
      • Revelation and Fall (26 mins)
        • Rebecca Bottone soprano
      • A Mirror of Whitening Light (21 mins)
      • Tim Gill cello, Proms debut artist
      • Rebecca Bottone soprano
      • London Sinfonietta
      • Sian Edwards Conductor
      • London Sinfonietta
      • Sian Edwards Conductor

      Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the greats of contemporary British music. A programme chosen by Davies himself ranges from the sleek chamber textures of A Mirror of Whitening Light to the music-drama of Revelation and Fall. London Sinfonietta Principal Cellist Timothy Gill is the soloist in Linguae ignis’s writhing plainchant melodies.

  • Mon 1 Sep

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 7: Benjamin Grosvenor
      • Chopin 1810–1849
      • Ballade No. 1 in G minor Ballade in G minor, Op 23 (9 mins)
      • MompouFrederic Mompou 1893–1987
      • Paisajes (11 mins)
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Valses nobles et sentimentales (solo piano version) (14 mins)
      • Judith Weir b.1954
      • Day Break Shadows Flee
        BBC commission: world premiere (12 mins)
      • GounodCharles-François Gounod 1818–1893
      • Waltz from 'Faust' (arr. Liszt) (10 mins)
      • Benjamin Grosvenor piano

      The young British pianist performs a programme with a dance theme pulsing through it. Chopin’s stately Ballade No. 1 gives way to the dizzying virtuosity of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, before the waltz returns, transfigured, in Liszt’s Waltz from ‘Faust’. Mompou’s Paisajes transports us to Barcelona, and Grosvenor also premieres a new work by Judith Weir.

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  • Sat 6 Sep

    • 15:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Saturday Matinee 4: A Portrait of Sir Harrison Birtwistle
      • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
      • Verses for Ensembles (26 mins)
      • Dinah and Nick's Love Song (6 mins)
      • Meridian (27 mins)
        • Hilary Summers alto
        • Exaudi
      • Hilary Summers alto
      • Exaudi
      • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
      • Oliver Knussen Conductor
      • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
      • Oliver Knussen Conductor

      Sir Harrison Birtwistle turns 80 this summer. The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group celebrates with a performance of three of the composer’s classic early works. Verses for Ensembles, Dinah and Nick’s Love Song and Meridian all explore intriguing and unfamiliar textures, but never neglect the ever-unfolding melody that is the core of all Birtwistle’s music.

  • Mon 8 Sep

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 8: Walton – Façade
      • ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich 1906–1975
      • Four Waltzes (arr. L. Atovmyan) (10 mins)
      • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
      • Façade (40 mins)
      • Nash Ensemble
      • John Wilson Conductor

      This year’s focus on William Walton wouldn’t be complete without his witty, genre-bending ‘entertainment’ Façade. Shostakovich is also seen here at his most whimsical. Arranged from the composer’s earlier film scores, the Four Waltzes range from the good-humoured ‘Spring Waltz’, to the faux naïf ‘Waltz-Scherzo’ and the charmingly kitsch ‘Barrel Organ Waltz’.